ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Rochester Rhinos have agreed to terms with former German Bundesliga goalkeeper Kristian Nicht for the 2012 USL PRO season.Nicht appeared in eighteen Bundesliga matches for Alemannia Aachen during the 2006-2007 season.He has nine years of professional experience playing in Germany and Norway.Rhinos Head Coach Jesse Myers has brought in Nicht to replace last year’s starting goalkeeper Neal Kitson.Kitson left the Rhinos at the conclusion of the 2012 International Transfer window for Northampton Town F.C. of the English Third Division.
“With Kristian’s experience and size I expect him to be a presence in goal.”Rhinos Head Coach Jesse Myers said.“With the number of games Kristian has played in the Bundesliga he will have instant credibility with his teammates.”
Kristan Nicht is a twenty-nine year old, 6’5” goalkeeper who started his career with the Stuttgart Kickers in the Regionalliga Sud during the 2002-2003 season.He made thirty appearances for a club that finished fifteenth in the division.In his only year with the Kickers they were the runners-up in the Wurttemberg Cup, a regional cup competition.
The following year Nicht moved to 1.FC Nuremberg where he was a back-up keeper on a club that won the second Bundesliga and won promotion to the Bundesliga.
Kristian Nicht established himself as a keeper in his three year stint with Alemannia Aachen from 2004 – 2007.Nicht made sixty appearances for the club and led the team to promotion from the second Bundesliga at the conclusion of the 2005-2006 season.The next season he made eighteen appearances in the Bundesliga, the German top flight.Despite a valiant effort from the newly promoted team, Alemannia Aachen finished seventeenth and was relegated during the 2006-2007 season.
“I am very happy to become a Rhino.”Nicht said.“I am looking forward to bringing my experience to the team while learning from the team at the same time.I am willing to help out the team in any way that I can.”
After Alemannia Aachen was relegated from the Bundesliga Nicht left the club and joined Viking FK in the Norwegian First Division.Viking FK finished tenth in the First Division and Nicht made twenty appearances for the club.
Nicht returned to the German Second Bundesliga from 2009-2011 with Karlsruhe SC.Karlsruhe finished tenth in the second Bundesliga in 2010 and fifteenth in the second Bundesliga in 2011.
Kristian Nicht has played in eighteen Bundesliga matches and fifty-six 2.Bundesliga matches.He has also participated in twenty matches in the Norwegian First Division and one Europa League Qualifier.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reporter Jeff DiVeronica had the chance to sit down with Rhinos coach Jesse Myers yesterday. Check out more from Coach Myer's on Devo's blog Devo's Direct Kicks